1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Marantz SR5015

Yamaha RX-V6A

SCORE:
89
SCORE:
88

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 8K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Marantz SR5015 to Yamaha RX-V6A to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Marantz SR5015 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Marantz SR5015

Yamaha RX-V6A

AMPLIFIER
88
VIDEO FEATURES
100
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
89
MULTIZONE
82
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
96
OVERALL
89
AMPLIFIER
89
VIDEO FEATURES
98
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
85
MULTIZONE
79
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
97
OVERALL
88

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Marantz SR5015

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz SR5015 over Yamaha RX-V6A.

Marantz SR5015 has more analog pre-outs and bigger power supply.

Marantz SR5015 vs Yamaha RX-V6A
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
Dolby Digital EX vs
DTS Virtual:X vs
DTS Express vs
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs
isf Certified Calibration Control vs
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous 8K outs) vs 1
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 4 vs 3
More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / vs 1 /
More Composite Video Inputs 2 vs
More Composite Video Outputs 1 vs
More Component Video Inputs 2 vs
More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
More Analog Pre-Outs 7.2 vs 2.2
Speaker A/B assignable vs
RS-232 Interface vs
Detachable Power Cord vs
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
Bigger Power Supply 650 W vs 360 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 2 Years
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 200 W (10% THD) vs 160 W (10% THD)
Wider AM Frequency Range 520 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V6A

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V6A over Marantz SR5015.

Yamaha RX-V6A has higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB and higher wi-fi standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI.

Marantz SR5015 vs Yamaha RX-V6A
DTS Neo vs Neo:6
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Dialogue Lift vs
More HDMI Inputs 6 (one 8K input) vs 7
More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB vs 110 dB
Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 74 dB vs 95 dB
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Lower FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0% vs Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby Atmos
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   DTS:X
👍   DTS Neural:X
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via USB
👍   DTS Dialog Control
👍   Dialog Level Adjustment
👍   Dialog Normalization
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   HDR10+
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   QMS
👍   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
👍   VRR
👍   QFT
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Works with Amazon Alexa
👍   Google assistant
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   eARC
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Phono Input
👍   Analog Pre-Outs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   Tidal
👍   Deezer
👍   Napster
👍   SiriusXM Internet Radio
👍   New Bluetooth Version
CONS
👎   No Front Wide Channel Support
👎   No IMAX Enhanced
👎   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👎   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👎   No Chromecast Built-In
👎   Does Not Work with SONOS
👎   No Multi-Channel Input

Selected Features

Amplifier

Marantz SR5015 and Yamaha RX-V6A have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 8K passthrough up to 60p. Marantz SR5015 can do 8K upscaling up to 60p and Yamaha RX-V6A can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Marantz SR5015 and Yamaha RX-V6A support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Marantz SR5015 and Yamaha RX-V6A support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Current Feedback Topology

Marantz SR5015 features Current Feedback Topology which is a well known, Marantz’ original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.


HDAM

Marantz SR5015 features exclusive Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on their Reference Series components. Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consist of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V6A features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz SR5015 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.


Connectivity

Marantz SR5015

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Marantz SR5015 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs with one 8K input with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

Yamaha RX-V6A

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Yamaha RX-V6A can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Marantz SR5015 and here - Yamaha RX-V6A.

BASICS Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
BrandMarantzYamaha
ModelSR5015RX-V6A
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20202020
AMPLIFIER Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer MDAX2
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
VIDEO Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.32.3
HDMI Input6 (one 8K input)7
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous 8K outs)1
USB Input1 Front for USB memoryUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input43
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 1 /
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.22.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Zones22
Powered Zones 2Zone 2
Zone 2Pre OutPreout
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output11
MISC Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User InterfaceGraphical User Interface
Web Browser Control
Remote ControllerRC042SR
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Speaker Terminals79
Large Speaker Terminals79
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption650 W360 W
Standby Power0.2 W0.1 W
GENERAL Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)440 mm x 161 mm x 348 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 231 mm x 348 mm)
17-3/8" x 6-3/8" x 13-3/4" (with antenna: 17-3/8" x 9-1/8" x 13-3/4")
435 mm x 171 mm x 377 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 245 mm x 377 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-5/8" x 14-7/8")
Weight10.1 kg (22.2 lbs)9.8 kg (21.6 lbs)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Marantz SR5015 Yamaha RX-V6A
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.06% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)200 W (10% THD)160 W (10% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV3.5 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB95 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)±0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.24.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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